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Gift or take: Christmas shopping guide for the creatives

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Gift or take: Christmas shopping guide for the creatives
The best gifts for colouring, journaling, armchair travelling, star-gazing and celebrating

The best gifts are often the ones you take yourself... and uh, give others unconditionally. Ever walked into a store with the intention of getting presents but ended up going overboard on yourself? How much do I really love someone to give them something I've been eyeing for myself just five minutes ago? Is that co-worker deserving of something I see myself enjoying more of? So many questions, so little time. If, like Joni Mitchell, you've looked at love from both sides now, from give and take, and still somehow can't decide, here's a helping hand. 

1. Will you gift... Ralph Lauren's Sutton Flask Set or their Kipton Mixology set?

Compact enough for you to bring on board a plane, the Sutton Flask set is equipped with a flask, funnel, cups and cards in a suede-lined carbon fibre leather
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Compact enough for you to bring on board a plane, the Sutton Flask set is equipped with a flask, funnel, cups and cards in a suede-lined carbon fibre leather
This mixology kit comes with an equestrian-inspired hand-cut crystal decanter, a silver-plated brass jigger and lots more in a saddle leather case lined with Wexford plaid wool
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This mixology kit comes with an equestrian-inspired hand-cut crystal decanter, a silver-plated brass jigger and lots more in a saddle leather case lined with Wexford plaid wool

2. Will you take... Celestron Ambassador's Executive 50mm Brass And Beech Wood Telescope or Best Made Company's Astronomer Set?

This polished brass telescope boasts up to 45x zoom magnification and fully-coated 50mm glass optics. It's set on a fully-adjustable red beech tripod and rotating cradle altazimuth mount
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This polished brass telescope boasts up to 45x zoom magnification and fully-coated 50mm glass optics. It's set on a fully-adjustable red beech tripod and rotating cradle altazimuth mount
This portable astronomer set includes a celestial wall map, a notebook to map the position of stars and a Stellarscope
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This portable astronomer set includes a celestial wall map, a notebook to map the position of stars and a Stellarscope

3. Will you gift... Lonely Planet's The Place To Be or TASCHEN's 100 Getaways?

Want a book with recommended destinations that’ll connect with your emotions? See places in Tibet, Sri Lanka, Nagaland, Bhutan and more in Lonely Planet’s guide
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Want a book with recommended destinations that’ll connect with your emotions? See places in Tibet, Sri Lanka, Nagaland, Bhutan and more in Lonely Planet’s guide
100 heavenly hideaways await in this gorgeous coffee table tome by Taschen
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100 heavenly hideaways await in this gorgeous coffee table tome by Taschen

4. Will you take... Karl Lagerfeld x Faber-Castell's kit or Saint Laurent x Colette colour pencils?

More is more with Karl Lagerfeld's special collection with Faber Castell, upping your childhood staple to unimaginable heights
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More is more with Karl Lagerfeld's special collection with Faber Castell, upping your childhood staple to unimaginable heights
Sleek, stylish and totally Saint Laurent, these colour pencils are from the brand's newest collaboration with Colette
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Sleek, stylish and totally Saint Laurent, these colour pencils are from the brand's newest collaboration with Colette

5. Will you gift... Moleskine Limited Edition Bradley Theodore Notebook - City or Dolce & Gabbana Carretto printed twill notebook?

Your go-to guy for notebooks, Moleskine never disappoints, notably in their collaboration with visual artist Bradley Theodore
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Your go-to guy for notebooks, Moleskine never disappoints, notably in their collaboration with visual artist Bradley Theodore
Pen down something pretty in this blank notebook from Dolce & Gabbana, complete with fabric that's been cut and positioned by hand
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Pen down something pretty in this blank notebook from Dolce & Gabbana, complete with fabric that's been cut and positioned by hand

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